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glass of perfect homemade lemonade with ice and a lemon slice
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3.50 from 4 votes

Perfect Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade recipe made with freshly squeezed lemon juice! This is the taste of summer, right here! It is so refreshing with just the right amounts of lemon juice, water, and sugar.
Prep Time8 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: lemonade


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 cups water divided
  • 1 cup lemon juice about 5-6 lemons
  • lemon slices for garnish


  • Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow the sugar to dissolve. Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate until the simple syrup is nice and cold.
  • Juice about 5-6 lemons so that you have 1 cup of lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp and seeds. This is an important step if you want a nice smooth lemonade.
  • In a large pitcher, stir together the cooled simple syrup, lemon juice, and about 4 cups of water.
  • Serve over ice, garnish with lemon slices, and enjoy!